Invitations Issued By The Department Of Home Affairs
The Skill Select results for the latest invitation round, which took place on 11 August 2020, have been released by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department). They apply to the following points-based skilled visas:
- Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent visa; and
- Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Family Sponsored visa.
We provide a summary of these results in this article.
State And Territory Government Nominations
Data has also previously been published showing the number of nominations approved by State and Territory Governments in the month of June 2020 and for the overall 2019/20 migration program year (from 1 July 2019 to 30 June) 2020. This is the latest information available for the following skilled visa subclasses:
- Subclass 190 Skilled – Nominated visa; and
- Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) State Nominated visa.
For a summary of this data, please refer to our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 June 2020.
Results for the month of June 2020 are also the most recent monthly data available in regard to the number of nomination approvals that have been granted for the following business visas:
- Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188); and
- Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132).
Please refer to our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 June 2020 for further information and links.
The Department has allocated a limited number of places to the States and Territories for Subclasses 190 and 491 nominations and the Business Innovation and Investment classes. These interim places have been allocated until the Federal Budget is delivered to Parliament in October 2020. We would therefore expect a small number of nomination approvals in relation to these visa subclasses to start coming through in the coming months.
The following information has been provided by Immigration South Australia (SA):
Nomination places for the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa and 190 Skilled (Nominated) visa programmes will be allocated based on ‘supporting and prioritising South Australia’s economic recovery and public health response’ due to COVID-19.
Prospective applicants need to first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department. Selected applicants will then be invited to apply for state nomination.
Immigration SA will publish its nomination requirements on 27 August 2020. Commencing from 31 August 2020, it will begin reviewing applications and sending invitations to successful applicants, directing them to apply for the relevant skilled visa.
Nominations for the Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa and Subclass 132 Business Talent (Permanent) visa will be allocated to ‘high quality business owners and entrepreneurs (who) have created genuine and sustainable business opportunities in South Australia that benefits the State’s economy, local businesses and the workforce.’
State nomination requirements will be released by Immigration SA on 27 August 2020. From 7 September 2020, Immigration SA will begin reviewing Intention to Apply submissions and sending invitations to successful applicants, directing them to apply for the relevant business visa.
You can read more about this announcement from Immigration SA on their website under Process advice for interim visa nomination applications.
Department Of Home Affairs Update
The following statement has also been issued by the Department:
The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians, so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19. As such, targeted invitation rounds occurred in May, June, July and August 2020.*
Invitation Round Results
Total Invitations Issued
The total number of invitations issued in August 2020 are as follows.
|Visa subclass||July 2020||August 2020||September 2020||October 2020||November 2020||December 2020||January 2021||February 2021||March 2021||April
|Total issued in 2020/21|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*
*The information in the above table for the subclass 491 visa is for the family-sponsored stream only. State Nominated invitations (including for the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa) are issued separately by each State and Territory Government.
Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the July round have decreased compared with the previous month, falling from 500 invitations in July, to only 110 being issued in the current round.
For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was also a reduction in invitations issued for the month, but only by a small amount, with 90 granted in this round compared with 100 in July 2020.
The results this month reflect what we have been seeing in recent months, in which the number of invitations issued has been quite volatile, moving up and down from month to month, with no clear pattern emerging. These changes and variations are to be expected given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is likely not a time to look for trends in the data, given the current climate we are in. The more likely scenario in the foreseeable future is more volatile results, whether they be up or down.
Points Score Cut-Off
Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants needed the below minimum points scores to receive an invitation in the August 2020 round.
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||Date of effect month (last invited applicant)|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||90||July 2020|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored
See our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced to learn about how EOI applicants are ranked under this process.
The highest ranked applicants are the first invited to apply for the relevant visa. Applicants with equal scores are invited in order of when they reached their points score (this is referred to as the date of effect). EOI’s submitted with earlier dates of effect are invited first.
According to the published data, the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the August 2020 round remained the same compared with the previous invitation round, at 90 points. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in July 2020, which means EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 90 points and who lodged their EOI by July 2020 were issued an invitation in this round, reflecting a wait time of approximately one month.
The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa decreased by 20 points this month compared with the previous month. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 75 and who submitted their EOI by June 2020 were issued an invitation in August. This represents a wait time of approximately two months.
This data again reflects the volatile nature of these numbers in the current climate, especially for the subclass 491 visa, which has seen the points score jump up and down between the 70 and 95 points score range over the last three months. The minimum points score required for the subclass 189 visa has been relatively more stable over that period, with only slight movements and staying within the range of between 85 and 90 points.
To reiterate, given the current circumstances we are in, we should not read too much into this or see it as a developing trend. As noted above, such changes and variations are to be expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is more a case of seeing what each month brings for the foreseeable future, as the Department responds to the immediate environment, an environment which is not what we see in normal circumstances.
As in the previous few months, information showing the number of invitations issued based on points score have again not been published this month (this data had been released in previous invitation rounds).
Invitations Issued For The Most In-Demand Occupations
The table below shows that no invitations were issued in August 2020 to applicants in occupations which had the highest demand for places. Invitations for these skilled occupations are pro-rated, so that they are spread out evenly throughout the year.
All invitations issued in August appear to have been issued for only non-pro-rated occupations.
The following data has been published this month:
|Occupation (ANZSCO code)||Visa Subclass||Minimum points score required in the 14 Jul 2020 invitation round||Latest date of effect month||Invitations issued to 11 Aug 2020*||Occupation ceiling for the 2020/21 year (maximum number of invitations available)|
|Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)||189/491||N/A||N/A||0||1,619|
|Electronics Engineer (2334)||189/491||N/A||N/A||Less than 20||1,000|
|Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)||189/491||N/A||N/A||48||2,682|
|Other Engineering Professionals (2339)||189/491||N/A||N/A||Less than 20||1,000|
|ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)||189/491||N/A||N/A||0||2,273|
|Software and Applications Programmers (2613)||189/491||N/A||N/A||0||8,405|
|Computer Network Professionals (2631)||189/491||N/A||N/A||0||2,245|
*Please note these are total invitations issued across the subclass 189 and 491 Family Sponsored visas from 1 July 2020 to date. The Department does not release figures to show the break-up of invitations issued between these two visa subclasses. Occupation ceilings also do not apply to State and Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.
You can find more information on occupation ceilings and invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 11 August 2020, at the following link:
Please refer to our article on the Skillselect Invitation round August 2018 results for further information about the EOI process.
Also see the results of the previous invitation round in our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 14 July 2020.
The Skilled Regional Visa Program
To learn more about the subclass 491 visa (as well as the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, to be introduced on 16 November 2022, and which will enable subclass 491 visa holders to qualify for permanent residence in Australia), please see the following articles:
For more information about the subclass 491 visa specifically, please see the following articles:
The State Sponsored Visa Program
For more information on the Subclass 190 visa, please see the following:
The Skilled Independent Visa Program
You can read more about the Subclass 189 visa (and other skilled visas) in our Roadmap for skilled applicants – which road should I take? article.
The Business Visa Program
For more information on the Subclass 188 (as well as the Subclass 888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) subclass 888 visa, which provides a pathway to permanent residence for Subclass 188 visa holders) and Subclass 132 visas, please see the following: